Crosby turns down Team Canada
|Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby skates over a logo of the Stanley Cups after the Penguins were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal. (REUTERS)
Scratch Sidney Crosby from the list of potential Team Canada candidates.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain turned down an invitation from Hockey Canada to play in the world championship next month in Helsinki, Finland.
Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, indicated Tuesday that the star will skip the world championship tourney to focus on getting ready for next season. Crosby played just 22 games after recovering from concussion and neck issues that forced him to take it easy last summer.
"Sidney feels there is an opportunity ahead to spend the next four months getting ready for next season," Brisson told Postmedia News. "He really didn't have a full summer to train last year as he was injured and not 100%."
Canada's golden-goal hero at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Crosby hasn't played at the worlds since 2006, when he led the tournament in scoring with eight goals and eight assists.
Hockey Canada has named 17 players to the world championship roster and is expected to round out the team at the end of the first round of the NHL playoffs.